Plenty of homeowners out there deal with hard water passing through their plumbing fixtures and don’t think much of it. For many, a water softener is a luxury item that adds some luxury to a home but isn’t really needed. Many people don’t realize that water softeners can provide cleaner water and lower energy bills. If you’re unsure of whether or not you would benefit from a water softener, take a look at how it can impact your plumbing system below.
Over time, water heaters begin to break down from scale buildup that comes with hard water. Not only does this mean inevitably having to pay to have it fixed, but it also means that your water heater is working harder to heat water up every time, resulting in higher energy bills. Adding a water softener to your plumbing system can actually reduce annual energy costs of your water heater, offering huge benefits over a long period of time.
Protecting Your Appliances
Because of the minerals within hard water, it can cause that same scale buildup found in water heaters in many of your appliances as well. This is because magnesium and calcium slowly wear down your faucets, showerheads, dishwasher, and more until they become less efficient or even unusable. By installing a water softener into your plumbing system, you prevent your appliances from degrading at the rate they otherwise would because of hard water.
If you’ve ever felt like your clothes aren’t getting clean enough in the wash, or worse yet, your colors are fading, this may be a result of hard water. One other common issue occurs when white spots and streaks appear on your dishes that have been through a dishwasher. These issues are often indicative of hard water being an issue in your home.
Those minerals found in hard water can have a negative impact on our bodies too. Showering with hard water can leave your skin dried out. On the other hand, soft water doesn’t stop production of natural skin oils, making you feel refreshed and clean when you get out of the shower.
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Mahon Plumbing has been serving the Baltimore region’s plumbing needs since 1994. We’re ready to offer quality plumbing services and gas installation for both commercial and residential uses. Our tracks and employees are ready to handle the toughest of jobs.
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